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Hike on Merdø island

Hike on Merdø island Photo: Ann-Kristin R Jørgensen Hike on Merdø island Photo: Arendal turistkontor Hike on Merdø island Photo: Peder Austrud
Hike on Merdø island Photo: Ann-Kristin R Jørgensen
Hike on Merdø island Photo: Arendal turistkontor
Hike on Merdø island Photo: Peder Austrud
Take a short hike along southern wooden houses and narrow paths, walk on sandy beaches and the pebbled beach, and see the view towards the lighthouses.

Hike facts

Effort level
  • Easy
Duration
  • 1 hour
  • 2 hours
Season:
March - November

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On Merdø, an island just outside Arendal town in Southern Norway, there are old southern wooden houses and narrow paths that bring you from the museum to the sandy beaches to the boulder and rock beach on the southern side of the island.

Bring a picnic basket or buy your food at the summer open café, and enjoy a day in beautiful and quiet surroundings - just outside of Arendal town centre. The museum is open in the summer holiday season, and there are tours every hour mid-day.

Merdø was recorded in documents as early as the 1300s, due to its position as an outport in the days of sail. The ships passed and moored on Merdø until the end of the 1800s, when the shipping industry changed character and the area weakened their position somewhat in this trade. Many people lived on the island, and it had an inn, a customs office, shipyard, pilot station and shop.

Burial mounds from the iron age have been found on two locations on the island. Take the ferry or your own boat to Merdø. During the winter season, the ferry makes just one trip to the island, while the ferry runs several times a day during the summer season.

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  • Hiking Hiking

Facilities

  • Grading

    • easy
  • Season

    • august
    • may
    • june
    • september
    • july
    • november
    • october
    • march
    • april
  • Duration

    • 1 hour
    • 2 hours
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Hike on Merdø island - Photo: Ann-Kristin R Jørgensen

Hike on Merdø island

On Merdø, an island just outside Arendal town in Southern Norway, there are old southern wooden houses and narrow paths that bring you from the museum...

Hike on Merdø island

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